A house inspection report is an integral process that must be done before purchasing a property. It helps a potential buyer to determine whether or not there are pre-existing conditions or problems that the seller must address first before selling the house, and/or that will affect the property’s price. With a house inspection report on hand, you will be able to negotiate the price of the property with the facts laid out bare. It can also outline if there are any safety issues to do with the property such as water or structural integrity damage or faults and hazards to do with water, electricity or fire. Having a house inspection report is thereby a very useful and important item to own.

However, they do have their limitations and there are some things that are not examined and this will need to be taken into consideration.

Here are some areas that are not examined in a house inspection report.


All things are hidden by the walls and the ceiling

The assessors are not able to assess anything that is obstructed by walls or a ceiling during their house inspection report. This can include anything that is within the ceiling and walls or covered by furniture. This can be a major issue as there are potentially plumbing, electrical wirings and structural framings of the building hidden, as well as gas fittings and drainage. These can all have hazards hidden in them which can pose a threat to safety as well as causing the potential buyer to buy the property for a higher price than it should be. Any issues identified after the fact will have to be dealt with at the potential buyer’s expense, which is not fair to them. These expenses related to the above can be very expensive too and possibly make the environment unliveable in certain cases.


Home appliances

Many properties on the market are sold with built-in appliances or appliances that come with the property. These can often include dishwashers, fridges, air-conditioners, range hoods or ducted vacuums. This may seem nice and be included in the property’s asking price, however, a house inspection report does not cover whether these appliances are faulty or not. It is up to the prospective buyer to decide whether the appliances are faulty or not and bring the issue(s) up with the seller. This is very important to be considered when doing a house inspection report, as the assessor will not check for you.


The operation of swimming pools, fireplaces, and so on

Home inspector creating a house inspection report

These may be advertised as coming with the property at the buying price; however, it is not guaranteed that they work. Swimming pools, fireplaces, chimneys etc. are not checked whether they are operational or faulty under a house inspection report, and this is something that must be checked by the prospective buyer themselves. These are all things that may seem appealing when buying a property, however, it is never guaranteed they are operational or are without faults, therefore it is very important for the prospective buyer to check if these are operational and not faulty before agreeing on a buying price, in combination with a house inspection report.


In summary, a house inspection report is very important before buying a property as it determines whether there are any hidden defects, issues or faults within the property that could affect the asking price as well as potentially be a safety hazard. There are various things that are not examined under one by the assessor and these must be taken into account by the prospective buyer and checked by themselves before potentially buying the property.